Aron Baynes did not leave the Slovenian League and cross an ocean to play against the likes of the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Maine Red Claws.

Baynes joined the Spurs in order to play for the Spurs, in actual NBA games against actual NBA opponents.

“It’s what I came over here for,” said Baynes, a 26-year-old Australian center who signed with the team in December. “I’m always going to stay ready and wait for my number.”

Though the lineup Orlando offered up for sacrifice Wednesday night barely counted as NBA-worthy, Baynes was eager to answer the call in the second half of the Spurs’ 98-84 victory at the AT&T Center, which ended a two-game losing streak.

With coach Gregg Popovich enacting a multi-faceted plan to keep his team rested for Thursday night’s consequential game at Oklahoma City, Baynes was among a group of seldom-used reserves who helped the Spurs enjoy the best of both worlds.

Starters Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard missed the game to rest assorted bumps and bruises. Manu Ginobili was out with a strained right hamstring. DeJuan Blair stayed home with a stomach virus. Stephen Jackson did not play in the second half after spraining an ankle in the first.

Instead, the Spurs (56-19) got 20 points from Danny Green and 59 points from a short bench to win wire-to-wire against the young and struggling Magic.

“To get where we want to go, Tim (Duncan), Tony and those guys can’t play 40 minutes, night in and night out,” guard Gary Neal said. “We need those guys’ energy and production for the playoffs. Games like this, we have to step up and be ready to play.”